No decision yet on Wilton’s school calendar
During its Jan. 7 meeting, the Board of Education decided to defer the vote on the revised 2016-17 school calendar until its next meeting on Jan. 28.
The proposed revision to the calendar, which, if approved, would have Wilton students start school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, was first presented to the board by Superintendent Kevin Smith on Dec. 17.
Smith said the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee requested to change the start date in order to “provide the renovation project as much time this summer as possible to work on while the kids aren’t in the building.”
In an email, Smith told The Bulletin the board postponed the vote because it “wanted more time and information to consider the feasibility of moving the April break to March.”
“Given the way that the regional calendar guidelines are crafted, it does not appear that this will be feasible,” he wrote.
During the board’s Dec. 17 meeting, Smith pointed out some other changes in the proposed calendar revision.
“Barring any weather — knock on wood — the end date would be June 15, and then we moved some other things around to try to economize around holidays and other scheduled days off,” said Smith.
He said these changes would create “an unusual pattern, at least in the month of October.”
“If you look at the second week [of October], the 10th is Columbus Day. That’s a holiday for a number of our employees per contract, so we would be closed that day,” said Smith.
“We would propose running on the 11th a professional learning day, so there would be no school for students on that day, and then the 12th is Yom Kippur, so school is closed, so students would have a very long weekend the second week of October.”
The revised calendar proposes a long weekend in November as well.
“We would propose making Monday, Nov. 7 a professional learning day because school is closed on Election Day, the 8th, and that’s already a scheduled professional learning day, so we would have two professional learning days back-to-back and students would have a long weekend then as well,” said Smith.
The Nov. 7 professional learning day would replace the professional learning day scheduled in February 2017, because “it really doesn’t make sense to have it there [February], given the weather concerns,” said Smith.
It’s also better to do professional learning earlier in the year, Assistant Superintendent Charles Smith added.
According to the 2016-17 calendar, students would also have the following days off:
- Oct. 3: Rosh Hashanah.
- Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving recess.
- Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Holiday recess.
Shortened days for students are scheduled for Nov. 17-23 and Dec. 23, and two-hour delayed openings are scheduled for Dec. 9 and March 15.
All offices and departments will be closed on the following days:
- July 4: Independence Day.
- Sept. 5: Labor Day.
- Oct. 3: Rosh Hashanah.
- Oct. 12: Yom Kippur.
- Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving recess
- Dec. 26: Christmas Day (observed).
- Jan. 2: New Year’s Day (observed).
- Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- Feb. 20: Presidents Day.
- April 14: Good Friday.
- May 29: Memorial Day.
The education board’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., in the Wilton High School Professional Library.
Click here to view the proposed 2016-17 school calendar revisions.